The Canyon Ranch Institute Prevention Pioneer Award was presented to Kenneth P. Moritsugu, M.D., M.P.H., FACPM, in recognition of his tireless commitment to improving health in the United States and globally.
As a leader in the Office of the Surgeon General and an admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, Ken worked to improve wellness, increase prevention, eliminate health disparities, and improve the health literacy of all people through evidence-based science and programming. Through his professional and personal commitment, countless individuals and communities are enjoying healthier lives.
Before serving as acting surgeon general of the United States in 2006, Ken was the deputy surgeon general of the United States and the principal advisor to U.S. Surgeons General for nearly 10 years. Having completed residencies in internal medicine and in preventive medicine, Ken is board certified in preventive medicine and holds Fellowships in the American College of Preventive Medicine, the Royal Society of Health, and the Royal Society of Medicine. Ken has type 1 diabetes and appreciates the many challenges facing patients and diabetes professionals today.
After his retirement from federal service, Ken has continued to lead in the areas of disease prevention and health promotion. At the time he received this award, he served as Chairman of the Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute, collaborating with colleagues and partners to transform diabetes care through training and education.